Here’s what Cristina had to say about her living space:
“We love having our family and friends over. We have a lot of holidays here. Unfortunately at this point most of us just end up sitting on the floor because we don’t have enough seating. We have four boys (6, 4, and 3 month old twins). Lots of wrestling and jumping occurs in our living room. We also need some storage for a small amount of toys (most toys are downstairs in our playroom but we end up with a pile of toys in the corner of the living room).
In the next 6 months we’re getting hardwood floors installed and will be getting a large area rug. I like geometric or striped rugs but need it to be something that won’t show dirt/stains because between four boys and a dog we have a lot of that going on. We’d also like to get a larger L-shaped couch that doesn’t break thee bank. Right now our living room walls are tan but I’m thinking about a new color. Maybe gray?? I’d like a warm gray if there is such a thing
I love color! Yellow is by far my favorite color. I also have been using a lot of turquoise, lime green, and orange in our house. Our dining room wall is right next to our living room and is bright orange. A lot of my decor on the walls and shelves is from Mexico – either from my family, from travel, or from someplace like World Market (my fave place to shop for house stuff).”
And here’s what I came up with!
Wall color: Sherwin Williams’ Requisite Gray – a beautiful warm gray (yes, there is such thing!).
2. Vacation-Land Homes Print– This is actually a book cover, provided as inspiration, from Cristina. The entire color palette stems from it, so I’d love to see it blown up and used as wall art!
3. Vintage Marquee Letter “A”– Another wall art option is this large marquee letter. This letter in the yellow works so well with the design, but there are plenty of other letters available for something more personal.
4. Industrial Contact Stool– Because Cristina’s room is tight on space with a larger sofa, it was important to choose other pieces with that in mind. A traditional, larger end table would most likely just make the room more cramped, while a small circular stool provides a place for a drink to land without requiring much space. It also doubles as extra seating!
5. Gray Karlstad Sectional– This is great sectional option at a lower price range. My favorite feature that Ikea offers is a variety of sofa layouts, outside of the “L” shape that Cristina requested. A quick fix if you change your mind down the road. The cushions are all removable, for easy cleaning! I also suggested a darker stain for the furniture legs, to blend nicely with the design of the room.
11. Knitted Orange Pouf– Perfect for extra seating, a foot rest, and I’m willing to bet the kids will love it 😉
12. Green & Ivory Striped Rug– A modern striped rug in a lime green. This one is from Dash & Albert, and although it may not be as soft as a wool rug, you can bet it’ll hold up to four boys and pets! Although technically considered an indoor/outdoor rug, we use these all throughout our home. You can literally take them outside and hose them down if you have major spills or stains!
13. Paprika Table Lamp– I suggested placing two of these burnt orange table lamps throughout the room. One on the yellow chest as shown and another on the console table (16) behind the sofa.
14. Mid Century Dresser– Another pop of yellow, this vintage, refinished chest of drawers is a beautiful piece! You could even repaint an existing or thrift chest yourself for a less expensive alternative. The lines of this piece work so well with the rest of the modern design!
15. “Be Happy” Print– Finding unique art on a budget can be really difficult. One of my favorite sources is Society6. Super fun prints on poster. This artwork sends such a great message for a growing family!
16. Industrial Console Table– This rustic meets industrial/ modern console table would be perfect behind Cristina’s sofa, near the entry. A great landing place for drinks, a book, and a table lamp. It could even serve as a drop spot for entryway accessories.
17. Wire Locker Baskets– (no longer available) With four young kids, additional storage is always a plus. A few of these wire baskets are essential on the bottom shelf of the sofa console table. Since it’s near the entry they’d be great to hold scarves, mittens, and even mail!
18. Durham Floor Lamp– I suggested placing one of these floor lamps in the corner near the television for additional room lighting. The modern drum lamp shade ties in nicely with the table lamps too!
19. Ceramic Owl– A fun owl accessory in a bright yellow would work great anywhere in the room.
20. Rustic Media Center– A beautiful wood media console is a great base for Cristina’s television. The combination of open and closed storage provides the option of having any cable/game consoles available while still hiding away dvds or other tv accessories. A slim basket could even be thrown into the open compartments for extra toy storage.
21. Yellow Photography Collection– One last pop of yellow with this collection of photography from Paris. It’s sold as a set in several different size options. Cristina could do a large display of them, or even a postcard size! Would be great on any of her larger walls!
22. Curved Storage Basket– A favorite design “secret” for toy storage are these floor baskets. I suggested buying a single large one or float a few smaller ones throughout the room. Perfect for quick clean ups or even permanent toy storage. And if you have company and you’re wishing to hide the toys even more, there’s no shame in tossing a throw blanket on top to disguise them even more!